It has been a while since I purchased a product solely because of the hype. Whilst I refrained for the best part of a year from buying the Zoeva Rose Gold Brush set, I did find myself giving in quite easy when I realised that Selfridges also stocked the much talked about eye shadow palettes.
My local store does not have a wide range of Zoeva products, however they do appear to have the most popular from the range. For a long time Zoeva had only been available from online stores, which is another reason as to why I had held off for so long as I really do like to see something for myself before I buy it.
The Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eye Shadow Palette retails at £18, which I personally think is relatively reasonable in comparison to so many palettes on the market. For that price you get ten eye shadows which range from a variety of warm neutrals to rich coppers and red tones. The only downside to the palette at first instance is that it is made from cardboard. Personally I do like my palettes to be more sturdy, however perhaps I am being a little too picky where that is concerned. That being said, many cheaper brands still manage to encase their products in some form of plastic casing which is of course much more durable. However, due to this type of packaging it naturally makes the palette extremely light which would be useful for traveling; although you would then have the issue of it not being as sturdy as one would like.
There are four matte shades within the Cocoa Blend Palette, those being ‘Bitter Start, Substitute for Love, Freshly Toasted and Beans are White’; the remainder of the shades are all shimmers, with ‘Infusion’ in particular having quite prominent flecks of glitter within it.
One can’t help but feel that all of these shades are somewhat dupable, particularly when you look at ‘Warm Notes’ and instantly compare it to MAC Cranberry. However, for the price and the convenience of these shadows all being housed within one palette I can overlook that.
In terms of pigmentation I have to say that I have been very impressed, all of the shadows barring one are really strong and apply well. The only shade which I feel is a bit of a let-down is ‘Bitter Start’ which I do feel is a little chalky, however in my experience these lighter shades in any palette tend to be the weakest link regardless of the price tag or brand.
On a whole my first experience with make up from Zoeva has been very positive indeed. A new eye shadow palette was certainly something I did not need within my make up collection, however curiosity really did get the better of me on this one.
Have you tried anything from Zoeva?